One of the many business districts hit hard by the recent Queensland Floods was what Brisbane locals call Rosalie, or if you are trying to look it up on your GPS or street directory, Nash Street in Paddington, Brisbane.
Rosalie is a cute little suburban strip, in inner-Brisbane bursting at the seams with every culinary delight imaginable; great coffee, delicious gourmet goodies, gelati and about a dozen restaurants from Indian to Balinese to Thai – it even has its own boutique cinema!
It is still hard to believe this little cluster of restaurants, cafes and shops were underwater at the beginning of this year. Slowly but surely, each week it has been fantastic to see cafe-by-café, restaurant-by-restaurant get back on their feet and reopen their doors.
One of the many ways that you can continue to support the Queensland flood relief effort is to choose a flood affected business and support them with your custom. What many people forget, is although the a lot of the mud is gone, it is still going to take a long time for many businesses to recover, so why not make it your 2011 goal to support one flood affected business every week?
Think locally, seek out local businesses who have been flood affected. Think about where you go to get your next hair-cut, buy your milk, have weekend brunch with friends, grab your morning coffee, buy your pharmaceuticals, get your next take-out meal etc. Your support WILL make a lasting difference to these businesses.
It is only fitting that Rosalie Village will be celebrating almost all of the strip reopening on Saturday 9th April 2011. From 11am to 8pm the community of Rosalie will be celebrating the recovery of Rosalie with the Rosalie Recovery Day. There will be live bands, food and drink, giveaways and a special amusement area for children. Nash Street will be closed to cars for the street party.
So come along with your friends, family and support the day – all are very welcome!